Craggy Gardens Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy Gardens. Short trail with great mountain views.
You can start this short hike and pretty trail from the south end of the visitor center parking lot or the north end of the picnic area. Be sure to take the spur at the large trail shelter to the beautiful small bald and lookout. This is also a great spot to see the rhododendrons blooming in early to mid-June.
great trail! felt like walking through a magical land! It was a great hike.
Beautiful trail. Very do-able hike for everyone. Be sure to take the small trail to the bald patch with a great lookout.
This is a nice short hike for the great 360 degree view! The trail is rocky and uneven in spots. It has moderate traffic and it is a popular spot. Bring a bottle of water and be patient with those going slower...the trail belongs to them, too!
Beautiful, but I found trails I prefer to suggest, especially if you are just visiting
Beautiful Hike! Felt like out of a book, it's a must see!
Easy trail. The overlook is awesome. Feels like being in a castle. It was rainy and fogged in and it was still awesome.
Wildflowers were on the trail.
Beautiful, moderately easy hike.
Beautiful generally easy hike .
easy, absolutely gorgeous
For the best hike of this trail, start at the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area and work your way up. I started at the CG Visitors Center and wished I had started at the picnic area. Using this route will give you a nice pay off with the heath bald finish once you hit the large shelter.
If you're in very good shape and have the rest of the day to kill, head past the heath bald/shelter area about 1/4 of a mile and follow the yellow blazes to go to Douglas Falls via the split off trail (this trail is also the split of the Mountains to Sea Trail). It's a rough 8 mile out and back hike - descending a little over 1300 feet going down and ascending the same coming back up, but it's a beautiful one!